As the leading varicose vein treatment center in New Jersey, we have decades of experience with various vein treatments and vein removal procedures. One of the most common questions we get asked is what is the difference between spider veins and varicose veins, and should I be worried about them?
Let me say that these conditions are not dangerous, but we do recognize they are can be uncomfortable and embarrassing, especially when you wear clothing that may expose your legs. The following descriptions provide of an overview of these vein issues and the types of treatments available. Most importantly, varicose vein treatment is manageable, safe and effective. In fact, many of our patients wonder why they waited so long to have treatment after seeing the immediate results of the procedure.
Both issues are cosmetic vein problems, even though their appearance is very different. Spider veins are usually fine and superficial and measure less than one millimeter in diameter. They are typically reddish, purplish wisps on the legs, oftentimes resembling a bruise when they occur in clusters. Spider veins generally do not cause pain, although some women say they do experience discomfort, particularly during their menstrual cycle.
These types of veins are usually large and protruding and measure at least four to five millimeters in diameter. Varicose veins are bluer in color and tend to protrude above the level of the skin. They are usually soft and spongy unless they have clotted off at which point they may be hard and tender to the touch. Varicose veins can cause pain, which is often related to the menstrual cycle as well.
What Should I Do About Them?
Both spider veins and varicose veins can easily be eliminated through the following three methods:
- Sclerothearpy: A procedure that uses an injection of medicine into the vessels, which makes them shrink.
- Ablation: The process of removing the feeding vein from the leg (saphenous vein) by using laser energy or radiofrequency to cause the vein to collapse.
- Microphlebectomy: The surgical removal of a large or medium-sized varicose vein through a tiny incision in the leg.
The good news is that treatment for spider veins and varicose veins is quick and can be performed as an outpatient service in one of our many offices. You will be under the supervision of some of the top varicose vein doctors in NJ. It takes one appointment where a doctor will diagnose your specific issue and offer a recommendation. The procedures can be done in under an hour and involve minimal, if any, down time.
So look the best you can be. Book an appointment today.